Save the Date—PatCon 8: The Patent Conference (March 2–3, 2018)

PatCon 8: The Patent Conference

Friday, March 2, 2018–Saturday, March 3, 2018
University of San Diego School of Law

The Patent Conference (“PatCon”) is an interdisciplinary forum where scholars from the fields of law, economics, business, public health, history & philosophy of science, engineering, and other disciplines can share their research. In addition, PatCon stands out in its commitment to including judges, USPTO personnel, and members of industry in order to encourage applications of scholarship in the wider world.

The Patent Conference is a cooperative effort among Boston College Law School (David Olson), the University of Kansas School of Law (Andrew Torrance), Northwestern University School of Law (David Schwartz), and the University of San Diego School of Law (Ted Sichelman).

We will post a call-for-papers closer to the event, but please feel free to contact me in the meantime with any questions at We hope to see you at PatCon 8!

Best regards,
David Olson, David Schwartz, Ted Sichelman, and Andrew Torrance

About PatCon: The Patent Conference began in 2010, when the founders of PatCon—law professors David Olson, David Schwartz, Ted Sichelman, and Andrew Torrance—realized that the growth and importance of research in the area of patents required an exclusive forum that would enable participants to share their research with other experts and explore links across the legal and business side of patents.

TPRC Webinar: Broadband Deployment & Adoption in the Gigabit Age

TPRC Webinar: Broadband Deployment & Adoption in the Gigabit Age

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
2–3pm ET
Register for webinar here

Can’t wait for TPRC45 in September? Join our inaugural webinar on May 24, 2017. We will showcase leading research from recent TPRC history on a topic of high relevance to contemporary policy: broadband deployment and adoption.

We are rapidly moving into the Gigabit Age of broadband, as network capabilities grow rapidly, new innovation takes place, and societal and economic benefits are enabled. However, these advances are not certain, and millions of people still do not participate in our digital society. Central questions remain around how we achieve the promise of advances in high-speed networks: What are the enablers across the Internet ecosystem to make innovation meaningful for end users? What are the market dynamics that will yield progress? How will we ensure that this progress is broad-based? What role do policymakers have?

Our speakers for this webinar are:

Giulia McHenry, Chief Economist of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, who will discuss the TPRC 44 paper, “The Digital Divide Is Closing, Even as New Fissures Surface.”

Steve Bauer of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who will discuss the TPRC 43 paper, “Gigabit Broadband, Interconnection, Propositions and the Challenge of Managing Expectations.”

The webinar will be moderated by Rob Alderfer, Vice Chair of the Program Committee for TPRC45 and Vice President of Technology Policy at CableLabs.

We look forward to your participation, questions, and discussion during this live event. The webinar will be recorded and made available for future reference at

Register for webinar here.

Dates for your Calendar

  • May 24, 2017 – Webinar at 2–3pm ET
  • May 30, 2017 – Deadline for Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award
  • May 31, 2017 – Notification of Paper Acceptance
  • August 15, 2017 – Early Registration Deadline
  • September 8–9, 2017 – TPRC45, Arlington, VA

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Call for Abstracts—Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference (Loyola Chicago)

Wiet Life Science Law  Scholars Conference

Friday, October 13, 2017, 9am–5pm
Loyola University Chicago
School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street, Suite 720
Chicago, IL 60611

Basic Information

  • Conference Website
  • Submission Deadline:  June 15, 2017
  • Expected Notification:  July 15, 2017

Call for Abstracts

Loyola University Chicago’s nationally acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is pleased to invite original research submissions for its inaugural Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference on Friday, October 13, 2017.

The conference is designed to provide a new intellectual venue for life science professors, scholars, and practitioners to convene and discuss current research and scholarship.  The phrase “life science law” aims to capture research and disciplines spanning food and drug law, health law, intellectual property (IP), biotechnology, environmental, administrative, antitrust, and other realms that involve the life sciences in some meaningful respect.  Our goal is to foster recognition of life science law as a cohesive, dynamic, area of legal study and strengthen connections among national life science law scholars.

Loyola is currently soliciting 750-1,000 word abstracts reflecting early or mid-stage ideas for the purpose of workshopping with other conference scholars.  Modeled after successful events for law professors and scholars in other areas, participants will be organized in topical panels of three to five authors with approximately 15-20 minutes allotted to each abstract presentation, followed by discussions with scholar attendees.  Abstracts from the authors will be distributed one week prior to the conference; authors may also submit draft articles for distribution to conference attendees.

Submission and Review Timeline

  • The deadline for 750-1,000 word abstracts, including author contact information is June 15.
  • Submit via email to with subject line Wiet Life Science Law.
  • Authors will be notified of speaker selections by email on July 15.

This extraordinary conference has been generously funded by Loyola University Chicago law alumnus Mitch Wiet (JD ’65) and his family.  Admission to the conference, including a one-night stay at a local Chicago hotel, meals, and a reception following the conference, is free. (Conference attendees must pay their own travel.)


Contact Professors Jordan Paradise or Cynthia Ho with questions about conference scope and abstract submissions.  For logistical questions, please contact Janet Howe at

About the Beazley Institute

Established in 1984, Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy has evolved into a nationally recognized center dedicated to the education of health and life science law leaders and policymakers, and to the study and furtherance of the field.  The Institute publishes two journals—the Annals of Health Law and the Loyola University Chicago Journal of Regulatory Compliance—and offers more than thirty health law, life science law, and compliance courses.  The Beazley Institute is a leader in online legal education, with more than 300 students annually taking courses through its Center for Online Studies.  With the offering of the Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference, the expansion of Loyola’s life science curriculum, and dedicated externship opportunities for students, the Beazley Institute looks forward to collaborating with our scholar colleagues to support the burgeoning discipline of life science law.

CFP: Northwestern/Penn/Stanford—Inaugural Junior Faculty Forum for Law and STEM

Call for Papers:  Inaugural Junior Faculty Forum for Law and STEM

October 6–7, 2017
Penn Law
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Basic Info

The Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford Law Schools are pleased to announce the creation of a new Junior Faculty Forum dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the intersection of Law and Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM).

The forum will be held each fall, rotating among Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford. The inaugural forum will be held at Penn Law in Philadelphia on October 6-7, 2017. The forum is currently seeking submissions from junior faculty interested in presenting papers at the forum. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 9.

Twelve to twenty young scholars will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the participating junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests.

Our goal is to promote interdisciplinary research exploring how developments in STEM are affecting law and vice versa. Preference will be given to papers with the strong interdisciplinary approaches integrating these two areas of study.


The Forum invites submissions on any topic related to the intersection of law and any STEM field. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies
  • Computational law
  • Customized medicine
  • Machine learning and predictive analytics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Online security and privacy
  • Regulation of online platforms
  • Robotics
  • Smart contracting and automated analysis of legal texts
  • Synthetic biology

Selection, Publication, and Expenses

A jury of accomplished scholars with expertise in the particular topic will select the papers to be presented. Suggestions of possible commentators are also welcome.

There is no publication commitment, nor is previously published work eligible for presentation.

Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford will pay presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses, though international flights may be only partially reimbursed.


[REVISED MAY 6, 2017]  To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. law school any department in a U.S. college or university in a tenured or tenure-track position and must have been teaching at either of those ranks for no more than seven years. American citizens or permanent residents teaching abroad are also eligible to submit provided that they have held a faculty position or the equivalent, including positions comparable to junior faculty positions in research institutions, for less than seven years, and that they earned their last degree after 2007. We accept jointly authored submissions, but each of the coauthors must be individually eligible (under the revised, expanded criteria) to participate in the Forum. Papers that will be published prior to the meeting in October 6-7, 2017, are not eligible. Authors may submit more than one paper.

Paper Submission Procedure

Electronic submissions should be sent to CTIC with the subject line “Law-STEM Junior Faculty Forum.” The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 9, 2017. Please remove all references to the author(s) in the paper. Please include in the text of the email a cover note listing your name, the title of your paper, and the general topic under which your paper falls. Any questions about the submission procedure should be directed both to Professor Christopher Yoo and the email account for the Forum conference coordinator at

Further Information

Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to David Schwartz at the Northwestern University School of Law, Christopher Yoo at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, or Mark Lemley at the Stanford Law School.

Univ. of Glasgow—CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017

CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017

Monday, June 26–Friday June 30, 2017
No. 10, The Square, University Avenue
University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Scotland (UK)

Basic Info

Agenda of Topics (Details TBD)

  • Openness and IP: Where are we today? / Prof. Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow)
  • Open policy making in the cultural space in UK/ Margaret Haig (UK IPO)
  • Fine-Tuning the IP Approaches for Fostering Open Science: Insights from the Global South/ Dr Arul Scaria (National Law University, Delhi, India)
  • Demonstrations of Australian initiatives about sharing IP and data, including Source IP (a digital patents licensing marketplace), Patent Analytics (visualisations and interpretation of filing documents), IPGOD (government open national register linking IP rights to business datasets), and, IP NOVA (neural open-data visualisation and analysis tool) / Dr George Vuckovic (IP Australia)
  • Trends and Challenges of Open Educational Resources for Legal Education in the Global South: A case Study of E-Pathshala and MOOCs/ Prof. G S Bajpai (National Law University, Delhi, India)
  • Open access policy in education and research – what can the Global South learn from UK HE? / Claire Fraser (HEFCE)
  • Enabling Open Science through Open Access Licences/ Dr Thomas Margoni (University of Glasgow)
  • How do consumers behave in an ‘open’ world? IP implications of remix culture/ Dr Kris Erickson (University of Glasgow)
  • Text and Data Mining and Legal Interoperability from an Open Access perspective/ Dr Giulia Dore (University of Glasgow)
  • Making visual culture ‘open’ – challenges and opportunities (Case Study: Edwin Morgan)/ Annotator Tool Demo / Kerry Patterson & Jesus Perez (University of Glasgow)
  • Open Science and technical challenges for researchers/ OMEBA Tool Demo/ Jesus Perez (University of Glasgow)
  • Is ‘open’ the only alternative to closed, traditional IP? How about a mixed approach, learning from business and strategy? Dr Sukhpreet Singh (University of Glasgow)

Industry Visit

  • Visit to Scottish Power HQ and talk by Open Innovation team on how Open Innovation benefits the public sector?

Interactive Activities

  • Evaluating and analysing copyright studies for the Copyright Wiki.
  • Diligent search exercise using the EnDOW platform beta


The University halls of residence offer discounted, good quality, accommodation at affordable rates over the summer months. You may book here (West End SECC options are within walking distance to the University).

If you prefer hotel accommodation, we are happy to recommend hotels and B&Bs nearby. We also have an allocation of rooms at special rates (valid until 30 May, with cancellations available until 7 days prior to checking in) at the Grand Central Hotel as follows:

  • Sunday, June 25 þ 90.00 per sole occupancy room inclusive of traditional Scottish breakfast, complimentary Wifi and VAT
  • Monday, June 26 – Thursday 29th June – £135.00 per sole occupancy room per night inclusive of traditional Scottish breakfast, complimentary Wifi and VAT
  • Please call the hotel directly on 0141 240 3700 or email quoting ‘CIPSS’.

Visa to travel to UK (for non-EEA nationals)

Please click here for further details on how to apply for the Standard Visitor Visa (Business Visitor) which allows you to travel to UK for events such as this conference.

Upon request, the conference organiser will issue (by email and post) a standard invitation letter (to registered delegates only) on headed paper bearing the logo of the University of Glasgow and CREATe, to support a UK visa application. Please note delegates will need to carry the invitation letter in their hand luggage when they travel even if they have been awarded a visa before coming to the UK Border (in case a UK Border Officer asks for evidence of the reason to travel to the UK – this happens occasionally).

The conference organisers do not have any influence on whether a travel visa is granted or not. Delegates should make their own inquiries. If your UK visa is refused, the conference organiser will only be liable to refund the conference fee (documentary evidence will be required).

Cut-off Date

In the unlikely event that we do not have enough participants to run this event by May 15, 2017, the event will be cancelled and any fees paid to us fully refunded. Please note we are not responsible for any other charges incurred due to cancellation of this event.

Organizer Info

Dr Sukhpreet Singh (email)
Senior Lecturer & CREATe Programme Leader
University of Glasgow

Download summit poster.

Tenth Annual Searle Center Conference on Innovation Economics

Tenth Annual Conference on Innovation Economics

Thursday, June 22–Friday, June 23, 2017
Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Basic Info

  • Conference Website
  • Attendance for this conference is by invitation only. There is no registration fee to attend. To request an invitation, please send an email with your name, professional title, and affiliation to the Searle Center at

Papers and Authors

Creative Destruction and Strategic Protection: Evidence from Pharmaceutical Patenting
Alan C. Marco, Chief Economist, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Charles A. deGrazia, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (ADDX Corporation) and Royal Holloway, University of London

Finding Mr. Schumpeter: An Empirical Study of Competition and Technology Adoption
Jeffrey T. Macher, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
Nathan H. Miller, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
Matthew Osborne, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

Entrepreneurship and the American Dream: How far does the Upward Mobility Ladder Reach?
Sarada, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Oana Tocoian, Claremont McKenna College

Entrepreneurial Migration
Jorge Guzman, MIT Sloan School of Management

Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Study
Julie Carlson, Federal Trade Commission

Pharmaceutical Patent Citations and Real Value
David S. Abrams, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Bhaven N. Sampat, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health and NBER

Patents and Cumulative Innovation –Evidence from Post-Grant Patent Oppositions
Fabian Gaessler, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition,
Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Munich School of Management, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, and Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Stefan Sorga, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Munich Graduate School of Economics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University

Screening for Patent Quality: Examination, Fees and the Courts
Mark Schankerman, London School of Economics and CEPR
Florian Schuett, Tilburg University

Low-Quality Patents in the Eye of the Beholder: Evidence from Multiple Examiners
Gaétan de Rassenfosse, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Adam B. Jaffe, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research and Queensland University of Technology
Elizabeth Webster, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology

Patent Prosecution and the Timing of Licensing
Ayfer Ali, Carlos III de Madrid
Iain M. Cockburn, Boston University, Questrom School of Business and NBER

The Effect of Patent Grants on Inventor Mobility
Eduardo Melero, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Neus Palomeras, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
David Wehrheim, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Who Climbs onto the Shoulders of Giants?  Who Stumbles and Who Sees Farther? Evidence from the Transformative New DNA-Editing Technology, CRISPR
Samantha Zyontz, MIT Sloan School of Management
Neil Thompson, MIT Sloan School of Management

The Causal Effect of Colleges on Local Patenting: Evidence from the Formative Years of U.S. Higher Education, 1870-1940
Michael Andrews, Department of Economics, University of Iowa

Scientific Education and Innovation: From Technical Diplomas to University STEM Degrees
Nicola Bianchi, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Michela Giorcelli, University of California, Los Angeles

On the Firms’ Decision to Hire Academic Scientists
Sarah Parlane, School of Economics, University College Dublin
Catalina Martínez, Institute of Public Goods and Policies and Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Firms’ Innovation Strategy under the Shadow of Analyst Coverage
Bing Guo, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Business and Administration Department
David Pérez-Castrillo, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Barcelona GSE
Anna Toldrà-Simats, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

CEO Evaluation Horizons and Innovation
Lingtian Kong, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Department of Finance

Selling Innovation in Bankruptcy
Song Ma, Yale School of Management
Joy Tianjiao Tong, Duke University
Wei Wang, Queen’s University

Large Firm Advantage and Entrepreneurial Disadvantage: How Non-competes Increase Market Concentration
Hyo Kang, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Lee Fleming, Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, UC Berkeley

Strategic Incentives for Innovations and Market Competition
Evangelia Chalioti, Yale University, Department of Economics
Konstantinos Serfes, Drexel University, School of Economics

Mergers in Innovative Industries: The Role of Product Market Competition
Guillermo Marshall, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Álvaro Parra, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

Innovation, Intellectual Property, and the Role of Competition
Jonathan Lee, Queen’s University, Department of Economics

The Ties that Bind: Railroad Gauge Standards, Collusion, and Internal Trade in the 19th Century U.S.
Daniel P. Gross, Harvard Business School and NBER

Learning When to Quit
Emanuele Tarantino, University of Mannheim & CEPR
Bernhard Ganglmair, University of Texas at Dallas
Timothy Simcoe, Boston University & NBER

On the International Changes of Patent Ownership: Strategic Relocation and Patent Boxes
Laurie Ciaramella, Mines ParisTech, PSL – Research University, CERNA

Does Winning a Patent Race Lead to More Follow-on Innovation?
Neil C. Thompson, MIT Sloan School of Management
Jeffrey M. Kuhn, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

The Inverse Cournot Effect in Royalty Negotiations with Complementary Patents
Gerard Llobet, CEMFI and CEPR
Jorge Padilla, Compass Lexecon

The Impact of Patent Protection on R&D: Evidence Using Export Markets
Joël Blit, University of Waterloo, Department of Economics
Mauricio Zelaya, NERA Economic Consulting

CFP: 2017 USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI)

2017 USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI)

August 14, 2017
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2R9

Basic Info


The 7th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI ’17) seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from technology, law, and policy who are working on means to study, detect, or circumvent practices that inhibit free and open communications on the Internet.

Internet communications drive political and social change around the world. Governments and other actors seek to control, monitor, and block Internet communications for a variety of reasons, ranging from extending copyright law to suppressing free speech and assembly. Methods for controlling what content people post and view online are also multifarious. Whether it’s traffic throttling by ISPs or man-in-the-middle attacks by countries seeking to identify those who are organizing protests, threats to free and open communications on the Internet raise a wide range of research and interdisciplinary challenges.


We encourage submission of new, interesting work on a wide variety of topics of interest, including but in no way limited to the following areas:

  • Measurement, detection, and analysis (including metrics) of Internet censorship and censorship circumvention tools
  • Techniques to detect, circumvent, or analyze the impact of mass surveillance or its effects
  • Usability and performance studies for censorship-resistant systems
  • Understanding censoring adversaries and attack capabilities, including theoretical modeling/analysis and surveillance tools
  • Deployment of circumvention mechanisms in real-world platforms such as Tor
  • Legal, economic, policy, social, and ethical analysis of issues in relation to Internet censorship, surveillance, or surveillance/censorship circumvention practices and tools
  • Legal, economic, policy, social, and/or ethical considerations in the design and deployment of censorship or censorship-resistant tools
  • The role of private corporations in spreading or enabling surveillance and censorship
  • Effects of censorship or surveillance on individuals, society, business, or political processes
  • Effects of U.S. laws on non-U.S. populations seeking free and secure communications

We emphasize that this workshop seeks to draw submissions from a range of disciplines. As such, non-technical work that examines the wider implications of censorship and its effects will be considered favorably.

What to Submit

We invite two distinct tracks for papers: a technical track for technically-focused position papers or works-in-progress; and a law/social science track for papers focused on policy, law, regulation, economics, or related fields of social science and study.

FOCI will favor interesting and new ideas and early results that lead to well-founded position papers. We envision that work presented at FOCI will ultimately be published at relevant, high-quality conferences. Papers will be selected primarily based on originality, with additional consideration given to their potential to generate discussion at the workshop. Papers in the technical track will also be evaluated based on technical merit.

Submission Guidelines

Technical Track: Submitted papers must be no longer than six 8.5″ x 11″ pages, based on the standard USENIX format. References will not count towards the six-page limit.

Law/Social Science Track: Submitted papers must be no longer than 15 8.5″ x 11″ pages based on the standard USENIX format or, if preferable, 15 single-spaced pages using normal 8.5″ x 11″ format pages. Shorter papers are encouraged where possible, though organizers will be more flexible on page count with this track, granting exceptions on a case-by-case basis. References will not count towards the page limit.

All Technical Track papers should be in the standard USENIX format. Specifically, regarding page limits, your paper should be typeset in two-column format in 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, with a text block no more than 6.5″ wide by 9″ deep, on U.S. letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) paper.

Law/Social Science Track papers are not required to be in the standard USENIX format but can be. Papers must still fit on U.S. letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) paper. This track aims to encourage submissions from fields such as law, economics, and public policy, where longer articles are traditional.

Authors should not submit technically-focused papers to the social science track in order to avoid page limits—such papers may be rejected out of hand. Papers must be submitted via the Web submission form, which will be available here soon, and must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and authors should avoid revealing their identities in the text. When referring to your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were written by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the (unusual) case that a third-person reference is infeasible.

Contact the program co-chairs at if you have any questions.

Papers that do not comply with the submission requirements, including length and anonymity, may be rejected without review.

All accepted papers will be available online to registered attendees before the workshop. If your paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the day of the workshop, August 14, 2017.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Note, however, that we expect that many papers accepted for FOCI ’17 will eventually be extended as full papers suitable for presentation at future conferences.


Questions? Contact your program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office, Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX FOCI ’17 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

Workshop Organizers

Duke in DC—The FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction: Lessons for the Future

The FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction: Lessons for the Future

Organized by the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy
Friday, May 12, 2017
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Duke University’s “Duke in DC” offices
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004

Basic Info


The FCC is concluding the most complex auction in history, the culmination of a decade-long planning process for moving spectrum from broadcast to mobile broadband uses. On the morning of May 12, the Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law will hold a half-day conference that will identify lessons from this auction for spectrum policy, government disposition of assets (whether of spectrum or other resources), and the future of innovation policy generally.


8:30am WELCOME
Stuart Benjamin, Duke Law School
8:30am – 9:35am AUCTION DESIGN

  • Lawrence Ausubel, University of Maryland, Power Auctions
  • Karla Hoffman, George Mason University
  • Ilya Segal, Stanford University

  • Michael Ostrovsky, Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Allan Ingraham, Economists Inc.
  • Edward Lazarus, Tribune Media
  • Preston Padden, Boulder Thinking
  • Gregory Rosston, Stanford University
  • David Salant, Auction Technologies

  • Gary Epstein, FCC

  • Jonathan Chaplin, New Street Research
  • Paul de Sa, Quadra Partners

  • David Quinalty, Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee
  • Charla Rath, Verizon
  • Dorothy Robyn, former Commissioner at GSA
  • Steve Sharkey, T-Mobile
1:00pm ADJOURN


NYU ILI Conference on Algorithms and Explanations

NYU ILI Conference on Algorithms and Explanations

Thursday, April 27th
NYU School of Law
Lipton Hall, 108 West 3rd Street

Friday, April 28th
NYU School of Law
Room 216
Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan Street

Basic Info

Registration Free but Required

Conference Website


Thursday, April 27

8:30-9:00         Breakfast

9:00-9:15         Introductory Remarks

Reasons for Reasons from Law and Ethics
Kevin Stack, Vanderbilt (Law)
Katherine Strandburg, NYU (Law)
Andrew Selbst, Information Society Project, Yale (Law)
Moderator: Helen Nissenbaum, NYU & Cornell Tech

10:15 -10:30    Break

Automated Decisionmaking and Challenges to Explanation-Giving
Duncan Watts, Microsoft Research
Jenna Burrell, UC Berkeley (Information)
Solon Barocas, Microsoft Research
Moderator: Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, NYU (Law)

11:45-1:00       Lunch

1:00-3:45 (with a 15 minute break)
Modes of Explanation in Machine Learning: What is Possible and what are the Tradeoffs?
Foster Provost, NYU (Stern)
Krishna Gummadi, MPI-SWS (Germany)
Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon (CS/ECE)
Enrico Bertini, NYU (Engineering) Paper 1; Paper 2
Alexandra Chouldechova, Carnegie Mellon (Public Policy/Statistics)
Zachary Lipton, UCSD (CS)
Moderator: John Nay, Vanderbilt (Engineering)

3:45-4:00         Break

Regulatory Approaches to Explanation
Sandra Wachter, University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute
Julie Brill, Hogan Lovells
Deven Desai, Georgia Tech (Law)
Alison Howard, Microsoft
Moderator: Ira Rubinstein, NYU (Law)

5:15-5:30         Happy Hour

Happy Hour Discussion
Jer Thorpe, Office for Creative Research, NYU

Friday, April 28

8:30-9:00         Breakfast

Explainability in Context – Health
Francesca Rossi, IBM Watson Lab
Rich Caruana, Cornell (CS)
Federico Cabitza, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy)
Moderator: Ignacio Cofone, Yale (Law)

10:15-10:30     Break

Explainability in Context – Consumer Credit
Dan Raviv, Lendbuzz
Aaron Rieke, Upturn
Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland (Law)
Moderator: Yafit Lev-Aretz, NYU (Law)

11:45-1:30       Lunch

Explainability in Context – Media
Gilad Lotan, Buzzfeed
Nicholas Diakopoulos, University of Maryland (Journalism)
Brad Greenberg, Yale ISP (Law)
Moderator: Madelyn Sanfilippo, NYU (Law)

2:45-3:00         Break

Explainability in Context – The Courts
Julius Adebayo, FastForward Labs
Paul Rifelj, Wisconsin Public Defenders
Andrea Roth, UC Berkeley (Law)
Moderator: Amanda Levendowski, NYU (Law)

4:15-4:30         Break

Explainability in Context – Policing and Surveillance
Jeremy Heffner, Hunchlab
Jim Burch, Police Foundation
Kiel Brennan-Marquez, NYU (Law)
Moderator: Rebecca Wexler, The Legal Aid Society